Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said leftists convinced Civil War re-enactors to protest the removal of a civil war statue and pretend to be white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., last month.

"It was a setup for these dumb Civil War re-enactors," Rohrabacher told the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday.

"It was left-wingers who were manipulating them in order to have this confrontation," he added, noting they attempted to "put our president on the spot."

He attributed that this conspiracy was headed by a former "Hillary and Bernie" supporter, who convinced Civil War re-enactors to stage a protest against the removal of a Confederate General Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville.

During the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, counter-protester Heather Heyer was allegedly run over by a neo-Nazi who drove through a crowd.

President Trump faced criticism for his remarks responding to the violence when he said violence existed on "both sides."

Rohrabacher met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange last month in London at the Ecuadorian Embassy. The meeting was arranged to discuss the possibility for Assange to seek an agreement with the U.S. and not live in asylum anymore. Assange has lived in asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy since August 2012.